Acts 7
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1THEN the high priest asked Stephen, Are these things so?

2He said, Men, brethren and our fathers, harken: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was still in Mes-opo- ta’mi-a before he came to dwell in Ha’ran. 3And he said to him, Get out of your land and from your relatives and come into the land which I shall show you. 4Then Abraham left the land of the Chalde’ans and he came and settled in Ha’ran and from thence, after his father’s death, God removed him into this land in which you now live. 5And he gave him no inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it as an inheritance to him and to his posterity, when as yet he had no son. 6God spoke to him and said, Your descendants will be settlers in a foreign land where they will be enslaved and mistreated for a period of four hundred years. 7But the people to whom they will be enslaved I will condemn, said God, and after that, they shall go out and serve me in this land. 8God gave Ab’raham the covenant of circumcision; and then Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat our twelve patriarchs.

9And our forefathers were jealous of Joseph; so they sold him into Egypt; but God was with him. 10And he saved him from all his oppressors and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and Pharaoh appointed Joseph an overlord over Egypt and over all his house.

11Now there came a famine which brought great distress throughout Egypt and in the land of Ca’naan so that our forefathers found no sustenance. 12But when Jacob heard that there was wheat in Egypt, he sent out our forefathers on their first venture. 13When they went the second time, Joseph made himself known to his brothers; and Joseph’s family was made known to Pharaoh. 14Then Joseph sent and brought his father Jacob and all his family, seventy-five souls in number. 15So Jacob went down to Egypt where he and our forefathers died. 16And he was removed to Sy’chem and buried in the sepulchre which Abraham had bought for a sum of money from the sons of Ha’mor.

17But when the time of the promise was at hand, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people had already increased and become strong in Egypt, 18Till another king reigned over Egypt who knew not Joseph. 19He dealt deceitfully with our kindred, ill treated our forefathers, and commanded that they cast out their male children to the end that they might not live. 20During that very period Moses was born, and he was favored before God, so that for three months he was nourished in his father’s house. 21And when he was cast away by his mother, Pharaoh’s daughter found him and reared him as a son for herself. 22So Moses was trained in all the wisdom of the E-gyp’tians and he was well versed in his words and also in his deeds. 23And when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel. 24When he saw one of his own kindred mistreated, he avenged him and did justice to him, and killed the E-gyp’tian who had mistreated him. 25For he thought his brethren, the Is’ra-elites, would understand that God would grant them deliverance by his hand, but they understood not. 26And the next day he found them quarreling one with another and he pleaded with them that they might be reconciled, saying, Men, you are brothers; why are you wronging one another? 27But the one who was wronging his fellow thrust him aside and said to him, Who appointed you leader and judge over us? 28Perhaps you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday. 29And because of this saying, Moses fled and took refuge in the land of Ma’di-an where two sons were born to him.

30And when he had completed forty years, there appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Si’nai, an angel of the LORD in a flame of fire in a bush. 31When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to look at it, the LORD spoke to him in a loud voice, 32Saying, I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob. And Moses trembled and dared not look at the sight. 33Then the LORD said to him, Take off your shoes from your feet, for the ground on which you stand is holy. 34Already I have seen the affliction of my people in Egypt, I have heard their groans, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you into Egypt.

35This Moses whom they had denied, saying, Who appointed you leader and judge over us?, this very one God sent to be a leader and deliverer to them by the hand of the angel which had appeared to him in the bush. 36It was he who brought them out after he had performed miracles, wonders, and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red sea and in the wilderness for forty years. 37This is the Moses who said to the children of Israel, The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet, like me, from among your brethren; give heed to him. 38It was he who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him and to our fathers in Mount Sinai: He is the one who received the living words to give to us. 39Yet our fathers would not listen to him, but they left him, and in their hearts turned towards Egypt. 40They said to Aar’on, Make us gods to go before us, for this very Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him. 41And they made a calf for themselves in those days and offered sacrifices to idols and were pleased with the work of their hands. 42Then God turned and gave them up that they might worship the host of heaven as it is written in the book of the prophets, O Is’rael- ites, why have you offered me slain animals or sacrifices during the period of forty years in the wilderness? 43Indeed you have borne the tabernacle of Mo’loch and the star of the god Rem’phan; and you have made images to worship them; therefore I will remove you beyond Bab’ylon.

44Behold the tabernacle of the testimony of our fathers was in the wilderness just as he who spoke to Moses had commanded him to make it after the pattern which he had shown him. 45And this very tabernacle, our fathers, together with Joshua, brought into the land which God took away from the peoples whom he drove out before them and gave it to them for an inheritance, and it was handed down until the days of David: 46Who found favor before God and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. 47But Solomon built God a house. 48Yet the Most High did not dwell in temples made with hands for, as the prophet had said,

49Heaven is my throne, and earth is the footstool under my feet. What kind of house will you build me? says the LORD, or Where is the place of my rest?

50Behold, has not my hand made all these things?

51O you stubborn and insincere in heart and hearing, you always resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do you. 52Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted and murdered? Especially have they slain those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One whom you betrayed and murdered. 53You received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

54When they heard these things, they were enraged, and gnashed their teeth at him. 55But he, full of faith and Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56And he said, Behold I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God. 57Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears and with one accord, shouted threats against Stephen. 58And they seized him and took him outside the city and began to stone him. Those who testified against him placed their clothes under the care of a young man called Saul. 59And they stoned Stephen as he prayed, saying, Our LORD Jesus, accept my spirit. 60And as he knelt down, he cried with a loud voice and said, Our LORD, do not hold this sin against them. When he had said this, he passed away.

Holy Bible From The Ancient Eastern Texts: Aramaic Of The Peshitta by George M. Lamsa (1933)

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